Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Warren, MI, USA
LT verses GS
I purchased my '99 LT in June of '06 and have put on over 18K in the time since. I love the bike and everything about it. I have always had large bikes (Electra Glide, Gold Wing, '95 K1100LT) so the size of this bike never bothered me. It took a day or two to get used to the differences in balance and handling of the bike, but it soon became second nature.
I have been thinking about getting a second bike for awhile now, and the other day, I test rode an R1200GS. What a bike! I played with the friction zone on the clutch and rode around the parking lot doing slow speed MSF style maneuvers to see how it handled. Of course it was easier than the LT, but not all that much different. However, when I turned out on the street and gave it some gas...well, all I can say is that I'm sure the bike is much easier to steer with the front wheel ON THE GROUND! After a few miles, I got used to it and had a blast.
Then I got back on my LT and almost stalled the thing taking off from the parking lot. I guess that just goes to show you that muscle memory does in fact exist. I think I'd get myself in trouble with a GS. I told the dealer that the bike should come with 5 speeding tickets already filled out, so all you have to do is fill in the date and send 'em in.
There's nothing like my LT, but maybe I'll look into a 650GS as a second bike just to putt around on.
'93 K1100LT (Hers)